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Red Bull talk up Ferrari and Mercedes ahead of British GP fight

After a string of victories, Red Bull head into their home race this weekend looking forward to competing in front of local fans yet remain wary of their rivals at Ferrari and Mercedes.

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Red Bull head into this weekend's British Grand Prix leading both the Constructors' and Drivers' championships, the same position they were in when they arrived at Silverstone last season.

Despite winning their last six races, team boss Christian Horner knows how quickly things can change, especially with rivals at Ferrari strong on tracks like Silverstone and reports of rivals at Mercedes bringing upgrades to their home event.

On top of that, the British track offers a totally different challenge to races in Baku and Montreal, but it’s a challenge Horner says Red Bull are eagerly anticipating.

Silverstone is a different challenge

Horner is wary that there could be a big upgrade coming for Mercedes at Lewis Hamilton's home race while Ferrari have already shown they are strong at circuits similar to that of Silverstone.

"We’ve had a hell of a run, we’ve won six on the bounce, but Silverstone is a different challenge, it’s a fast circuit, it’s flowing corners and we’ve seen Ferrari particularly at tracks like Barcelona, be very strong," he told Sky Sports.

"We’re hearing there will be a big upgrade for Mercedes as well, but it’s always great to race at Silverstone, in front of our local crowd, being based just up the road, it’s a fantastic race, a fantastic atmosphere and we’re really looking forward to being there."

Horner: Things can turn around pretty quickly

The 2021 British Grand Prix was one to forget for Red Bull, especially for Dutch driver Max Verstappen.

The youngster had a coming together with the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton at the start of the race and as the Red Bull driver was sent to hospital for checks, Hamilton fought back from a penalty to pass Charles Leclerc and win the race.

"Max is arriving back at Silverstone as the reigning World Champion and he’s leading the Drivers’ championship, we’ve got a good lead in the Constructors' championship but we know these things can turn around pretty quickly," Horner continued.

"We saw that last year, we arrived at Silverstone in the lead of both championships then. So, our focus is very much on trying to get the most out of the weekend, the best out of the car, and see how we fare against our opponents."

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